The Division of Biological Sciences strives to promote scientific excellence in our research, teaching, and service missions. We recognize that excellence in science happens only in diverse and inclusive environments. At its core, scientific innovation flourishes from the fusion of different perspectives, which are inherently linked to the composition of the academic community. We embrace the evidence that a diverse scholarly community stimulates scientific innovation and educational excellence.
Therefore, we are committed to becoming a scholarly community in which all participants feel equally welcome and encouraged to contribute. This commitment is reflected in our goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in our Division at all levels.
The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to building an inclusive, unbiased and prejudice-free environment that values, respects, and welcomes all individuals with their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Because of the historic and current situations, we are in particular concerned about issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation*; and that provides an environment for all individuals, including those from underrepresented groups, to excel in their academic and professional development.
The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to providing a community in which all its members (i.e., faculty, staff, and students) are expected to respectfully interact with all faculty, staff, students, and the public; and recognize the importance of having different perspectives in the classroom and beyond, which is fostered by having a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to further increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students by recruiting and retaining members of underrepresented groups, particularly those underrepresented in the Division and in biological sciences nationwide.
Our commitment requires that all faculty, staff, and students of the Division actively promote an inclusive environment in which all members of the DBS community and visitors feel welcome. As individuals we will strive to recognize our implicit biases and work actively to minimize their influence on our interactions, opinions, and decisions. Depending on our roles in the department, we have different avenues and responsibilities to foster inclusiveness:
The Division of Biological Sciences aspires to become a model for the appreciation, enhancement, and implementation of diversity and inclusion both at MU and within the broader academic community. Broadening participation in science and generating an inclusive and diverse atmosphere will make our science better and is our social responsibility.
* without disregarding other dimensions of diversity, such as gender identity, ethnic, socioeconomic, and national backgrounds, age, religious affiliation, physical abilities, learning disabilities, family and parental status, and veteran status.